The Aloha Spirit

All I can say is the Aloha Spirit is alive and well in Hawaii—especially in Cindy Baughman’s downline and at her Workshop of a Lifetime. Both Sterling and I got in the car after the workshop last night, looked at each other, and said, “That was FUN!”

Cindy has been a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! for more than 10 years. She served on the Advisory Board, and I know her fairly well. I haven’t seen her for awhile—and I’ve never been to her house—but I felt like I was coming home last night as we hugged and connected again. She is one of the most gracious women I know; you can’t help but love her!

The workshop went well. There were several stamping newbies, as well as some experienced stampers. One of the Make & Takes featured the watercolor technique—I probably wouldn’t do that again for a Make & Take at an event with new stampers (one of those lessons you learn as a demonstrator). Everyone did a great job (and a few guests did order the AquaPainter), but I could tell it was harder to get the knack of watercoloring when you’re not familiar with stamping to begin with.

The other project went over well though, and the whole atmosphere was incredibly warm and friendly.  I think Cindy got three bookings (I didn’t find out for sure, but there were three note cards gone from my bookings basket, so I’m hoping. . . ), and I’m not sure about sales.

And the food . . .holy cow! Because many of her guests had come straight from work, Cindy (and several of her customers) set out quite a feast. Sterling and I didn’t have time to eat during the workshop, but before we left to catch our flight (the red-eye back to California), we filled up a plate. We ate as Sterling drove to the airport, and we wished we’d taken more!  There were several things I’d never tried before, and one thing in particular (a cranberry salsa) I’d love the recipe for (hint, hint, Cindy).

Cindy went all out for her demonstrator event, which included fabulous food, a program with island dances, and valuable time to get to know her downline. Cindy told her group that she had set a goal to earn a Workshop of a Lifetime because she wanted the demonstrators in her group to have the opportunity to meet me; because they live in Hawaii, many of them don’t make it to convention or leadership. I felt very special—and was thrilled with the opportunity to meet everyone!

Aloha to all of my Hawaiian friends—I will miss you!